Monster Eye Cookies

monster eye cookies

It’s almost October and you know what that means… Halloween!  We love Halloween!  Over the years we’ve made some pretty fun Halloween treats.  (You can check them out HERE.)   I saw these cookies over on Lil’ Luna and I knew my kids would love them.  They are so dang cute!  And so easy.

The recipe is similar to our St. Patrick’s Day Crinkle Cookies (which I have to admit I liked more.)  But aren’t these fun?!

I used a neon green food color to get this color green.  I thought it looked like the Grinch.  Either that or Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc.

green cookie dough

My kids loved the cookies.  They are more of a cake than a cookie to me.  And with the candy eye?  Perfect.

monster eye cookies

We tried the candy eyes from Wilton.  The problem with them is that when I took the cookies out of the oven and pushed an eyeball into them, there wasn’t any give to the cookie.  The eyes just sat there on top of the cookie.  So I found some Candy Corn M&Ms in my pantry and used my edible writer to make the pupils.  Voila!  Eyeballs.

The M&Ms worked great as eyes.  They melted slightly on top of the warm cookie so they didn’t fall off.   Do they look like monster eyes?

candy corn M&Ms

These poor monsters are a little jaundiced.  Ha!

monster eye cookies

Monster Eye Cookies


  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. bar cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • green food coloring (I used neon green)
  • powdered sugar
  • candy eyeballs


  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix. Add green food coloring until it's the color you want.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. While warm push eye balls into the center or all over the cookie.

I took them to work and my co-workers loved them.  They said they were soft and buttery and not too sweet.

monster eye cookies

 Get ready for the Halloween excitement to start in our house!  I can’t wait!

monster eye cookies

We’re linking to the parties found HERE.

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  1. hahaha. I love this idea. My girls would too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So cute and fun and scary and yummy! I love the m&m eyeballs. Did you draw on them with edible marker?

  3. I love these! They are so cute and the kind of “kid-friendly” Halloween idea I use most with my grandkids. I use the Wilton eyes without problems (but not on cookies like these where you want them to “sink in”) but I think your M&M adaptation is genius!
    Found you -and several other great “mommy” blogs- at Kids in the Kitchen link party.

  4. I saw these on pinterest the other day! My kids and I will be making these FOR SURE!

  5. haha smart using the m& m’s! i bet they taste better than the candy eyes anyway 🙂 thanks again for linking up to kids in the kitchen!

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  7. Hi Erin,
    I love your Monster Eye Cookies, they are adorable. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  8. How fun! I like how the yellow eyes turned out. Looks more spooky that way. Lol.

  9. Love the cute look of these cookies! My favorite part is the wonderful M & M eyes! : )

  10. love these gonna make them for my son he loves that little green eyed monster character and I think he will love these the funny thing is he is 21 and still loves things like this I love his fun personality

  11. These are so cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  12. SOOOO cute! Adding this to the to do list for sure!

  13. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s All My Bloggy Friends – you’re featured this week 🙂

  14. What fun cookies! So great for Halloween – or a Monsters Inc. party!

    Thank you so much for sharing these with me on #CraftyOctober at The Purple Pumpkin Blog! ^_^

  15. Hi. Is there a way to make these without using cake from box?? Has anyone tried just making own yellow cake from scratch then following recipe from there? Would this turn out the same??